Hosmer has good day at plate in loss to Indians

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 13, 2014 at 7:34 pm •  Published: March 13, 2014
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GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Eric Hosmer homered and doubled for the Kansas City Royals in a 12-6 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.

Hosmer homered off starter Zach McAllister and later doubled and scored against minor leaguer Bryan Price.

"It's getting better every day," Hosmer said. "You try different things to see what works. Opposite-field hits shows you're staying on the breaking ball."

Omar Infante and Jason Donald also hit doubles for the Royals.

The Indians took advantage of an errant pickoff throw by Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie. Michael Bourn led off with a walk, then Nick Swisher singled and drew the wild throw by Guthrie to first. Bourn scored on the error, and Jason Kipnis had an RBI single.

Veteran catcher Ramon Hernandez, trying to make the Royals as a non-roster player, put Kansas City ahead 5-3 in the sixth with an RBI single.

Elliot Johnson, also a non-roster player, hit his second home run for the Indians. He singled in his other at-bat, raising his spring average to .429.

"The way he's swinging the bat makes it easy for him to stand out but more important is what he does defensively," manager Terry Francona said. "If you're looking for a guy you can move all over the diamond, you can put him at short, you can put him at center. Those guys are hard to find."

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Royals: Guthrie made his first start since March 3 against the White Sox. He pitched three innings in a minor league game on March 8, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits. Guthrie set career highs last season with 15 wins and 211 2-3 innings.

Guthrie pitched three innings against the Indians. He gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits, three walks and a hit batter. Guthrie stuck out five.

"I felt more comfortable at the end," said Guthrie, who allowed two first-inning runs. "It was a combination of my grip, release point, balance. I labored at first but got a feel for it as the game went on."

Indians: McAllister fits into the rotation behind Justin Masterson and Corey Kluber.

McAllister made his third spring start. He'd pitched two scoreless innings in his previous two outings, allowing one hit and two walks. The Royals scored twice against him on four hits in 3 1-3 innings.

"I was working on pitching in to righties," McAllister said.

McAllister won a job last spring and did nothing over the season to put his job in jeopardy. Now he has the luxury of working on different pitches.

"I come every year to compete," McAllister said. "Even though I'm working on things, I want to be successful."

Francona told McAllister he is the third member of the rotation.

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